Last weekend, the SMUS field hockey team played in the Bridgman Cup, a tournament that features 16 of the best high-school teams in the province. Coach David Kerr was impressed with how his AA team fared against some tough competition, including AAA teams. “We had a very tough pool,” he says, referring to the three teams SMUS had to face first. Though the team didn’t place high, they qualified to participate next year. “It was a good learning experience,” he says. “They played hard.”
Ceilidh MacLeod and Steffi Duvenage share what they got out of the experience:
Our Bridgman Experience
The field hockey team has progressed in many aspects this year. Everything from communication to physical endurance has been brought up to a higher level for this team. Of course, it would not have been possible without the much-appreciated nagging from our coaches. Mr. Kerr and Mr. Bates have opened our eyes to a competitive and more aggressive reality.
Our days leading up to the Bridgman Cup were a mental and physical building process. From our 7:00 am strength and conditioning with Mr. Primrose to our skill-building practices, we pushed ourselves for what we desired: success in the Bridgman Cup Tournament. The first day of the tournament, we arrived unsure of what was to come. Although we were not successful in our first 3 games, we took the best and worst from each of those games and put forward all we could for the Oak Bay match.
After losing the final match in our pool, with our confidence slightly chipped and determination deteriorating, it took some simple inspiring words from Mr. Bates to motivate us for our next game. The wise words from Mr. Bates before the match against Oak Bay were “harder, better, faster, stronger like Kanye West.” With this in mind, there was no way we could possibly lose this match. Oak Bay was in for a surprise. We beat Oak Bay 2-1, but more importantly we played a very strong game that we could be proud of.
Although by the end of the tournament, we didn’t place high in the standings (12th out of 16), we did qualify to attend next year. From this tournament, from our coaches and from our mistakes, we learned to move forward as whole unit. With one individual mistake comes the development of whole team. Field hockey is definitely not an individual sport, and when one player goes down, so does the entire team, so we must recover together.